Kenzie Ausfahl stole the ball for the North Callaway varsity girls basketball team at home on Tuesday and hit a layup with three seconds left in regulation to help her team beat Eastern Missouri Conference rival Community R-6 45-40.
"We made our shots when we needed to," said North Callaway coach Morgan Beamer.
Proving just as key for the Ladybird's was Allie Schlueter with a game-high 16 points, Sam Schaefer came through with 14 points and 13 rebounds and Reyna Schmauch had five steals in a reserve role.
"A rough first quarter was the difference. We only managed to hit one three-pointer in the first eight minutes," said CR-6 coach Bob Curtis. "We had several turnovers and bad possessions in that quarter where we did not get the look we wanted. The final 24 minutes we settled in and gave ourselves a chance to pull out a solid win over a conference rival."
Connecting on 3-of-3 three-pointers to chart 13 points for the Lady Trojan's was Alissa Curtis and Natalie Thomas hit a pair of three-pointers to score 10. Ausfahl also scored three with four assists and three steals.
"It is frustrating to let a game like this one slip threw your fingers," Bob Curtis said. "We will have to rebound quickly as we go to Sturgeon next week to compete in a very tough tournament with some really good girls teams."
CR-6, 9-4 overall, 3-2 EMO, travels Jan. 23-28 to the Sturgeon Invitational.
North Callaway, 10-4 overall, 4-0 EMO, competes at the Bowling Green Tournament Jan. 23-28.